Rise Up!: How You Can Join the Fight Against White Supremacy
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This urgent book explores the roots of racism and its legacy in modern day, all while empowering young people with actionable ways they can help foster a better world and become antiracists.
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Why are white supremacists still openly marching in the United States? Why are undocumented children of color separated from their families and housed in cages? Where did racism come from? Why hasn’t it already disappeared? And what can young people do about it?
Rise Up! breaks down the origins of racial injustice and its continued impact today, connecting dots between the past and present. By including contemporary examples ripped from headlines and actionable ways young people can help create a more inclusive world, sociologist Crystal Marie Fleming shares the knowledge and values that unite all antiracists: compassion, solidarity, respect, and courage in the face of adversity. Perfect for fans of Stamped: Remix, This Book is Antiracist, Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy, and The Black Friend.
Praise for Rise Up!:
★ “A clear and damning appraisal of the United States’ long-standing relationship with White supremacy—with actionable advice for readers to do better.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ “A standout . . . sure to inspire young people to act.” —Booklist, starred review
★ “[A] comprehensive history and study of racism….this book uses gentle, approachable language to discuss a heavy topic with young adults of all races who are searching for change.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ “The author’s voice is engaging and the narrative is deeply informative….Extensive end notes and an index make this a valuable research and classroom text. A first purchase that will build up and inspire young activists.”
—School Library Journal, starred review
Meet the Author
Dr. Crystal M. Fleming is an award-winning sociologist and writer. She is Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at Stony Brook University. Crystal completed her Ph.D. at Harvard University and publishes scholarly research on racial oppression and anti-racism. She is the author of an academic book on race and white supremacy in France, as well as the critically acclaimed How to Be Less Stupid about Race: On Racism, White Supremacy and the Racial Divide. Her work appears in Newsweek, The Root, Huffington Post, and more. Follow her on Twitter!